The idea of ‘the wild’ has great power both to attract us, and to repel us – sometimes both at once. Before the Romantic movement, the term was mainly repellent in European literature, referring to ‘uncivilised’ lands and peoples, savage, dangerous and frightening places. The Romantics inverted this stereotype, seeing untamed and uncrowded nature as […]
The Naturalist’s Bookshelf – The ‘wild’ word in nature writing: shifting meanings, clashing responses
Published on 20 September 2023.